Zimbabwe coalition government unable to agree on key ministerial positions


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Zimbabwe coalition government unable to agree on key ministerial positions

Leaders of Zimbabwe’s coalition government Thursday failed to agree on how to split ministerial posts among their respective parties, officials said.
President Robert Mugabe Thursday met two of his former rivals – who are now partners in a coalition government – to share cabinet positions after Monday’s power – sharing deal. But officials said the leaders failed to agree on how to split ministerial positions among the three former rival parties. They then asked their teams which negotiated the power-sharing agreement to meet and resolve the impasse. At stake are 31 ministerial posts, 15 of which Mugabe’s party will take and the rest to go to the other two parties. The coalition partners are thought to be jostling for influential cabinet positions such as finance, justice, defence and security. South African President Thabo Mbeki brokered the power-sharing deal, expected to end Zimbabwe’s protracted power struggle.

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